Institutional Funding Officer

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Over the last five years the Aperture Foundation, a not for profit publisher and center

for the photo community, has built strong, growing support among government and

institutional funders, including Andy Warhol Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the

Henry Luce Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. In 2018, Aperture

will launch a new strategy for the next chapter of our evolution, seeking to capitalize

on our artistic credibility, and to attract major new support, including to help build

institutional capacity. At this exciting time of growth and change, Aperture seeks an

Institutional Funding Officer to lead fundraising and relationships with institutional

partners and supporters.


The Institutional Funding Officer is primarily responsible for managing and growing

Aperture’s portfolio of foundation and government partners. Responsibilities include,

but are not limited to, building and stewarding current relationships; researching

foundation prospects; preparing and presenting compelling concepts and proposals

to foundations, and ensuring that reporting and other funder requirements are met

in a timely fashion. This individual works closely with the Director of Development

and the Executive Director to devise and implement strategic approaches to secure

new relationships with foundation donors, developing strategies to encourage

current foundation donors to increase their level of giving and engage more fully with

the institution, and to achieve and exceed foundation fundraising income targets.

This position reports to the Director of Development.


• Build and develop new relationships with prospective foundation donors and

foundation fundraising strategy in collaboration with Director of Development

and the Executive Director

• Carry out research and capitalize and disseminate information on institutional

funders, opportunities, conditions, and strategies

• Prepare compelling concepts, proposals, and reports

• Represent the organization on matters concerning funding and procedures

• Project manage complex proposals and reports, working across the organization

with program and development staff

• Manage a portfolio of existing and new foundation donors, creating opportunities

to engage new foundation donors

• Maintain foundation donor information in Salesforce database

• Communicate with senior staff and board members to cultivate relationships with

foundations that do not accept unsolicited proposals

• Manage and maintain calendar of proposal and report deadlines and ensure

timely submission to funders

• Keep abreast of foundation fundraising best practices and trends in the sector

• Develop and update proposal templates

• Develop and track annual forecast for institutional giving and report on progress

quarterly to Board Development Committee

• Supervise one work scholar, and jointly supervise a development department



• Superior writing skills with an ability to develop compelling communications to

engage donors and prospects

• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a successful,

metric-based fundraising operation or an equivalent combination of


• Grant writing and program development experience with a successful track

record of securing foundation grants in the five to six figure range for publishing,

arts, and/or cultural institutions

• Strong interpersonal, influencing, and relationship building skills with the ability

to work and collaborate across teams and build strong internal and external


• Outstanding organizational skills, including ability to plan, prioritize and manage a

varied workload to meet deadlines

• Experience recording and managing information in a fundraising database


• Experience working with budget and other financial documents required for grant


• A passion for Aperture’s mission

• A knowledge of photography

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

• A Bachelor’s Degree is required


Helth, Dental, PTO

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and

experience meet the qualifications of the position and how you heard about this

opportunity, to, using the following


Subject line: Institutional Funding Officer

Cover Letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter.pdf

Resume: yourfirstname_yourlastname_resume.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE. Only applicants

who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Aperture offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and

retirement plan coverage. Our staff also has generous vacation, sick leave, and

personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, and a stimulating and

collegial work environment.

Aperture seeks to build a diverse and inclusive workforce, and welcomes

all applications regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural background,

disability, age, or religion.